07/09/2006 12:00AM

Railroad wins Robert Kerlan Memorial


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Railroad, who was claimed five times last year, won his first stakes in two years in Sunday's $71,490 Robert Kerlan Memorial Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Ridden by Tyler Baze, Railroad ($13.60) rallied from third to catch pacesetter Slew's Prince in the final sixteenth. Railroad, who led for a few strides away from the gate, ran 5 1-2 furlongs on turf in 1:01.94, winning by three-quarters of a length.

Slew's Prince set quick fractions of 21.40 and 43.79, led by 2 1-2 lengths, but could not sustain the advantage. He finished second, holding off Taikun, the 1-2 favorite who was last early.

Railroad was claimed for $50,000 at Santa Anita last October by Wind River Stables and trainer Brian Koriner. He was a minor stakes winner at 2. A 4-year-old gelding, Railroad has won 8 of 20 starts and $251,895.